Four months ago, when Former President Trump was finally removed from the Twitter platform, the question of the day: how will Twitter survive with out it’s biggest attraction, the star that makes it day right than night?

The answer was yes. The stock performed much better right away and four months later, clearly they are doing great. This post is your quick three point as to why…

Stargazer
  1. There was nowhere to go, Twitter is the game.

Even when Parler was functioning, users were not moving over. There are lots of reasons, mostly that moving to a small echo chamber made…

In a surprise, the Supreme Court ruled for Google and Google v. Oracle. This was a welcome development for basically everyone who doesn’t want to extract rents for interoperable software. Justice Breyer framed his opinion around the history of the Android phone operating system, especially the idea that many programmers invested substantial time into learning what would be an open world to make a series of calls, Breyer then provides a lucid description of how APIs work. The heart of the case is that Oracle then bought Sun, the creator of Java, and then sued Google. At first the case…

Relegate.

Relegation. The idea that if your team is near the bottom of a league it could be demoted to a lower league. For sports fans in the United States, this is a bizarre concept. No matter how long the Timberwolves dwell in the cellar of the NBA they will not be demoted to the g-league. For fans, cheap tickets to see all the hottest teams can be had, and the teams are profitable. In the world of soccer, if your team is legitimately bad, it moves down to a lower league and some other teams move up. This churn keeps…

Celebrities are right to be concerned — in many cases there is no particularly good reason why they are famous. The reason why we have the “a-list” is to allow us to make some sense of who is important and why that matters. Becker’s Art Worlds, supposes that ranking systems provide us with some leverage to make decisions with scarce resources, which in capital intensive creative industries is quite a problem. Education is similar to other experience and post-experience goods as we are not especially good at knowing the difference between quality levels but are very willing to put very…

Senator John Coryn unleashed the following, crushing Tweet:

The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters.

What a searing critique: the President’s Tweets are “unimaginably conventional.” Of course this is utterly boring news for anyone who has been following the President: he just isn’t interested in Twitter. For Coryn, this is evidence of only the latest conspiracy theory: that Biden is not really President. …

An NFT is worth the ownership stake of the server that it points at. This is a huge problem. Jacob Kastrenakes writing for the Verge details the problems, the solutions, and the problems with those solutions. Basically, as long as an NFT is corrected backed off a distributed server infrastructure, and the people running that infrastructure do a good job, and someone keeps paying for all of this, your link will keep pointing to your asset. …

The sun comes up in the east and sets in the west, you may have different words an for these things and ascribe them different meanings but the underlying physical thing is extremely consistent. In the world of null hypothesis testing, you should be completely comfortable rejecting the null. Coin flips are interesting, they are wobbly. …

Aside from College Football Playoff rankings time, there is no better time to cram your RAM with sports than March Madness. Generally, there are two ways to do this the easy fun way (true seeds) and the hard way (machine learning). If you want to get ahead this year, I suggest you use a few simple mathematical tricks to produce your bracket. Let’s just dive on into the tricks…

True Seeds

On the ground level, the bracket is a snake. Moving counter-clockwise (odd seeds) and clockwise for even seeds. Thus the top bracket should include teams: 1, 8, 9, 16…

When I am worried I buy sausages, usually Andouille. For a few weeks, easily by 16 February, I had been buying tubes for a few weeks because of the intensity of what was on NHK every morning. In January, my partner asked if we needed to continue watching NHK on the regular, as the wall to wall virus coverage was not exactly pleasant for our children. We persisted, James Tengan is a great anchor, heavy on the gravitas. The coverage of the virus was pitch perfect. …

Arbitrage.

Ann Herbert was forced to resign from Nike because of the truth of her success, being promoted to lead North American operations due to leading the Direct to Consumer Offensive, with a major player in that industry being none other than her own son, using her credit card. Over the last four years, Nike has nearly doubled direct to consumer sales, and is now at roughly ten times their 2012 level, turning the tables on Adidas who they once trailed. Surely selling more shoes at retail to consumers would be profitable and direct internet sales are preferable to opening stores…

Dan Faltesek

Associate Professor of Social Media, Oregon State: These are my opinions, not theirs. Read my book: Selling Social Media (Bloomsbury Academic), 2018.

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